Wichita State University

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WICHITA, Kansas — Gone are the days of sneaking late into a crowded lecture hall. Reading college students' disapproving faces won't be easy. And Thanksgiving is the new Christmas.

There’ll be a lot of adjustments this fall for students and professors at Kansas’ universities, institutions that have been finalizing plans for how they’ll keep everyone safe from the coronavirus when in-person instruction returns.

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The Kansas Board of Regents met with Wichita State University President Jay Golden on Wednesday, but took no action over the furor caused by Golden removing a prerecorded message by Ivanka Trump from WSU Tech’s commencement ceremony.

The Regents spent more than four hours in executive session with Golden. They then adjourned and directed people watching the virtual meeting to a statement.

The statement read:

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WICHITA, Kansas — The coronavirus has left Kansas’ international college students with a choice: stay in the United States, even if it hurts them financially, or leave and risk not being allowed back into the United States.

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Wichita police have arrested a man following a fatal crash Wednesday morning that killed longtime radio personality Don Hall.

Hall, 70, was on his way to KEYN, where he worked as one of the morning drive-time hosts. Police say he was turning left onto Rock Road from Kellogg Drive when a car traveling south on Rock Road apparently ran a red light.

Police say Ray Watkins, 43, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of second-degree murder. Police think alcohol and drugs were a factor in the crash.

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WICHITA, Kansas — Kansas colleges will soon get millions in federal money to help with the ripple effects from the coronavirus, but educators and experts say it’s not nearly enough.

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Wichita State University plans to tear down Cessna Stadium.

The Kansas Board of Regents gave WSU permission on Wednesday to demolish the 30,000-seat football stadium, more than 30 years after the school ended its football program.

The stadium is currently best known as the site for the Kansas State High School Track and Field Championships. Billed as the largest high school track and field meet in the country, it brings thousands of athletes from across Kansas to Wichita.

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Wichita State University is extending spring break due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Students at WSU were scheduled to start spring break March 23. The university announced Thursday that all in-person academic instruction will be canceled next week, beginning Monday.

All activities related to in-person classes — such as assignments, presentations and lab work — will be suspended for the week.

Hybrid classes — which meet in-person and online — will shift to online only classes. Fully online classes, however, will continue next week.

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Nervous liberal arts professors. Stagnant enrollment. Costs rising faster than state funding.

These are the challenges Kansas’ universities must decide how to handle. And the man making those decisions for Wichita State University is its new president, Jay Golden.

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Gretchen Carlson will be the keynote speaker at Wichita State University’s Center for Combating Human Trafficking annual conference on Friday.

Carlson, former co-host of “Fox & Friends,” helped to herald in the #MeToo movement when she sued former Fox CEO Roger Ailes in 2016 for sexual harassment.

The 2019 movie “Bombshell” is based on her experiences at Fox. This year’s conference theme is “Be the Bombshell: Ignite Your Power,” and will discuss the importance of individual voices.

Other featured speakers are:

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Local gamers are ready to compete this weekend as Wichita State University hosts the 2020 Wichita Esports Convention.

Esports is a form of sporting competition through video games. The competitive gaming industry has seen rapid growth in the Midwest and the United States.

WSU is one of more than 150 universities with a varsity esports program recognized by the National Association of Collegiate eSports.

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